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Wait, why the hell is the `race to 5G' even a race? - The Verge
I have a dumb question that no one seems capable of answering directly: Why is 5G a race?

Everyone -- the wireless industry, Democrats, Republicans, the major media, you name it -- frames the building of next-generation 5G networks as a "race" in which the United States needs to demonstrate "leadership."

Here is The Washington Post declaring America has the lead in the race to 5G. Here's CNN asking "Who's winning the race to 5G?" Here's AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson declaring that China isn't beating the US to 5G "yet," as some sort of ominous warning. Here's T-Mobile CEO John Legere telling the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology that merging with Sprint will let his company "win the race to 5G." Here is an entire microsite from industry lobbying group CTIA titled "The Race to 5G."

Let us never forget AT&T being so desperate to lead this "race" that it rolled out fake 5Ge logos on its phones.

But the stakes of this supposed race are wholly unclear. What happens if we win, besides telecom execs getting slightly richer?

by Bernard on Wed May 29th, 2019 at 07:07:04 PM EST
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The short answer is Americans are fucking stupid* and can only assimilate competitive sportsball imagery.

* 56% of Americans recently opined they don't want their rug rats learning Arabic numerals and 15% had no opinion.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 01:45:27 AM EST
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Short answer 2 (does not contradict short answer 1): a "race" is naked marketing framing to get 99% of fuckwits (your guess as to % of total population but quite possibly in the high 90s also) to shell out untold sums of money to get the first 5Geewhiz gadgets.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 06:07:46 AM EST
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You spelled advertising campaign rong.

Marketing is the distribution of goods and services ("product") by a "producer" to another producer (B2B) or a "consumer" (B2C).

Advertising information ("advertisement") communicates Q (S), V (D), and site of a good or service to "market participants" (buyers and sellers), ie. those people willing and able to change one good or service into another of value. An advertisement is a public notice.

Synonymous terms (EN) for market exchange between buyers and sellers are trade, business, traffick (antiq.), or commerce. A synonym for an advertisement is a marketing communication. A "public relations" (PR) communication is not an advertisement; such a message is not fit for purpose nor intended to benefit a specific commercial objective.

The media utilized for distributing an advertisement reduce to audio and visual broadcast technology, operated by people, to display product. A specified period for advertising, determined by a seller or seller agent, is known (US-Eng.) as a "campaign". The period terminates at such time seller's funds are exhausted or sales goal is obtained.

The simplest form of marketing an advertisement is word-of-mouth (man is the communication tool). The most complex (to date) is "personalized" digital telecommunication addressed to one buyer's purchase preferences and habits, ie. information collected and transformed into data by one or more sellers.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 12:43:24 PM EST
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Here is an example of a PR message.

Facebook has another incentive to keep its head down. The deeper it gets into editorial decisions, the more it looks like a publisher, which could tempt legislators to limit the liability [sic] shield it currently enjoys under federal law. In addition, making judgments about truth and falsity [sic] could quickly become one of the world's biggest headaches.
What message is this reporter attempting to communicate? It is not an advertisement.

In fact, Facebook business is publishing. Facebook publishes original and derivative A/V properties supplied to this corporation's production apparatus by "registered users", both buyers and sellers, commercial an proprietary producers, non-profit and for-profit trade. All publishers exercise "editorial decisions" that determine production method and product of the enterprise which is reproducing speech of people. Purportedly, all publishers --natural and corporate persons-- enjoy protection from state prosecution of speech activities under the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 01:20:01 PM EST
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in re: censorship, penalties

CRS | Terrorism, Violent Extremism, and the Internet: Free Speech Considerations,* 6 May 2019

At the outset, it is not clear that a foreign national (i.e., a non-U.S. citizen or resident) could invoke the protections of the First Amendment in a specific U.S.prosecution or litigation involving online speech that the foreign national posted from abroad. The Supreme Court has never directly opined on this question. However, its decisions regarding the extraterritorial application of other constitutional protections to foreign nationals and lower court decisions involving speech made by foreign nationals while outside of the United States suggest that the First Amendment may not apply in that scenario. In contrast, free speech considerations are likely to be highly relevant in evaluating the legality of(1)proposals for the U.S. government to regulate what internet users in the United States can post,or (2)the enforcement of existing U.S. laws where the government seeks to hold U.S. persons liable for their online speech.

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* CRS reports are exclusively commissioned by one or more members of the odious. The neither the specific question nor requesting member(s) is publicly identified with a report. Elements of CRS responses contain forward-looking statements, conjecture. See Disclaimer.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2019 at 03:07:56 PM EST
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Public to get rare look inside the Congressional Research Service, with attrition, morale points of contention
Since 1914, the Congressional Research Service, or CRS, has provided expert policy and legal analysis to staff, members and committees in the legislative branch.
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The hearing will examine increasing attrition rates, low employee morale and a lack of diversity at the agency, among other issues, according to a committee spokesperson. Since 1914, the Congressional Research Service, or CRS, has provided expert policy and legal analysis to staff, members and committees in the legislative branch.

archived isolationism
"Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1789-2012", Congressional Research Service (CRS), Washington DC, United States (Sep 2012) 33 pp, single-spaced

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 at 01:31:45 PM EST
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Here is an example of an advertisement:

Southwest three-day sale kicks off with $49 fares each way; here's what you need to know

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 4th, 2019 at 03:24:52 PM EST
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What is the percentage in India? Modi has already created a controversy by using Devenagari numerals on the currency.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 30th, 2019 at 07:19:12 AM EST
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Who cares about Arabic numerals? The real enemy is the metric system!

Tucker Carlson is trying to claim that the metric system is a conspiracy theory - Independent

Tucker Carlson has claimed that America is facing a huge and pressing threat and it is... yes, you guessed it, the metric system.

Speaking on Tucker Carlson tonight, the right-wing presenter said:

   "Almost every nation on Earth has fallen to tyranny: the metric system.

    From Beijing to Buenos Aires, from Lusaka to London, the people of the world have been forced to measure their environment in millimetres and kilograms.

    The United States is the only major country that is resisted, but we have no reason to be ashamed for using feet and pounds."

by Bernard on Fri Jun 7th, 2019 at 06:48:23 PM EST
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Wait until he finds out about geometrized units.
by asdf on Sat Jun 8th, 2019 at 04:09:09 AM EST
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Given that he hasn't the brain wattage to handle lower elementary school math, I'm not expecting that any time soon.
by rifek on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 05:16:51 AM EST
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Over 40% of newly elected Indian lawmakers facing charges
"The loophole that allows them to take office is that they have not been convicted -- in part because the Indian legal system has a huge backlog of an estimated 30 million cases and trials often last decades."

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CAMPAIGN 2019
Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform
double counting
the first Indian American U.S. senator and the second-ever African American female senator*
US ends waiver but India may continue to buy Iran oil
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* Carol Moseley Braun, 1993-1999, Rise and Fall

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 01:02:01 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 1st, 2019 at 12:07:05 AM EST
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